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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 16, 2012 S D. eniseHajja r Spring Fashion Show to Benefit the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Boston Designer, Denise Hajjar will be showing her Spring/Summer collection of day and evening wear on Tuesday, April 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston. Emcee for the evening will be WCVB TV-5 Susan Wornick. Some very special friends of Big Sister Association will be modeling in support of the organization, along with professional models in a runway presentation. A light fare will be served. Seating is first come first served. You don't want to miss out on the live auction. You could win a vacaton to: St. Lucia, a trip to Punta Cana, a Burberry bag and more. To purchase tickets or further information, please contact Ann Leporati at 617-236-5304 or aleporati@bigsister, org. Margaret of Galway by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Boston and Saint Patrick's Day seem to have been made for each other, with its large Irish population and entrenched Irish neighbor- hoods, Boston more than any city in America seems the City most capable of cel- ebrating the feast of the Pa- tron Saint of Ireland. As we approach March 17, we tend to reminisce and think of past Saint Patrick Day cel- ebrations we shared in, the parade in South Boston has always been a favorite, fol- lo,, d by a beer in a local tavern and what our Irish friends call "Good Craic," that is, fun conversation, the kind that seems best in the convivial atmosphere of a fine Irish pub. One close Irish friend comes especially to mind on this day, Margaret was quite elderly when we first met her, well into her 80's she was our associate at a former job in what truly was another time. Margaret was born in Ireland and proud as she could be of "her Galway" and the family she left behind so many years before, when NOW OPEN Featured as "One of the elite restaurants of the North Shore" - Channel 5 ABC Chronicle ow in the North End Located at 2 Prince Street North End, Boston 617-227-7300 she immigrated to America. She had a brogue thick enough to cut with a knife and used it to turn a phrase in a way that only an Irishman can, she was a delight in every sense of the word. Margaret worked part time, her job was to dust shelves and keep things tidy; come early afternoon, she would like to take a short nap; she would say that she needed ten minutes to keep things going. Not want- ing to let it be known that she required a nap, Marga- ret devised an ingenious way of taking her short siesta, it involved a telephone booth meant for customers and a lookout which is where we came in. Margaret would announce to us, when she felt a siesta coming on, that she needed to call Ireland, she would then enter the booth and we would hang an occupied sign on the door; like clockwork, ten minutes later Margaret would emerge "fresh as a daisy". On the occasion that she ran over her time we were instructed to knock on the door and wake her, we would do so by whispering," Margaret of Galway, it's time, " those occasions were few and far between, she seemed to have a built in alarm set for ten minutes. (Continued on Page 13) Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year Please call dl 7-227-8929 and ask for Lisa by Sal Ciarratani "l )' BASHING LIMBAUGH No Fluke by Liberals Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh did some- thing very stupid recently. He called. Sandra Fluke, a 31 year old Georgetown Uni- versity student a "slut" after she testified before a con- gressional dog and pony show that she needed $3,000 worth of taxpayer-paid birth control. Rush apologized for the insulting remark but liberals haven't stopped the attack on Limbaugh. Ad hominem attacks are always repugnant no matter who is behind them. How- ever, wouldn't it be nice if liberals also attacked liberal commentators who do the same thing? Don't hold your breath! Bill Maher over on HBO never apologizes for his distasteful remarks. He once said of Limbaugh, "Why couldn't he have croaked from (Oxycontiin) instead of Heath Ledger?" Recently, another conservative on radio, Laura Ingraham reminded folks that left wing nut Ed Schultz over on MSNBC called Ingraham a "right-wing slut" last May. Ingraham is also still wait- ing for a White House call to express its support as they did for Fluke but it may be a real long wait. How a law school student can be so hypocritical is be- yond. me? Keep your hands off my body and out of my bed- room by fill up my medicine cabinet with government- paid birth control? Her right to contraceptives is being more heavily defended by liberals than Limbaugh's freedom of speech no matter how distasteful it might be. Speaking of Nancy Pelosi, the ad hoc House committee meeting she set up has moved the conversation away from the Obama Administration's attempt to curtail religious rights to Limbaugh insulting the ri- diculous arguments of a law student. Liberals want to frame the national conver- sation where they can con- trol it no matter the facts in the case. I await Laura Ingraham getting her apology from Ed Schultz and Rush Limbaugh getting his from Bill Maher but being a left:leaning talk- ing head apparently means never having to say you're sorry. There's no fluke hear in the way liberals remain oblivious to the obvious. Up in New Hampshire, the issues raised by Sandra Fluke have entered the race for governor this year. Democratic hopeful Maggie Hassan has urged defeat of a House bill at the State Capitol in Concord that would allow employers with religious objections to ex- clude contraceptive cover- age from their health plans. Hassan has stated, "We should not go back to the days where women were paying up to a $1,000 more a year in out of pocket for basic health care." In the March 2 Merrimack Journal newspaper, former very lib- eral US Rep. Carol Shea- Porter, (D-NH) wrote in her bi-weekly commentary that the use of contraceptives "costs about $50 per month." Liberal Democrats support- ing President Obama on this birth control mandate can't even offer matching "facts." She, by the way, is running to return to Congress this year against US Rep. Frank Guinta who sent her home packing two years ago. Word to the wise New Hampshire voters. Finally, as bad as Lim- baugh sounded on the air with his dumb comments, he does have the i st amend- ment on his side, doesn't he? Locally, five radio sta- tions including Boston's WXKS (Talk 1200) carry his afternoon weekday show in our region. However, Pitts- field's WBEC AM (1420) has dropped him from its lineup over his recent remarks to- ward that law school student. What happened to Rush Limbaugh's freedom of speech rights? Isn't the best answer to free speech, more free speech? Isn't that what the very liberal US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas said years ago? As I said somewhere above, "Bashing Limbaugh no fluke by liberals." f NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @ Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 J